A Minneapolis jury convicted Mahamud Said Omar, a 46-year-old janitor at a local mosque, of conspiring to help recruit two dozen Somali-American men to fight in Somalia. One man, whose nephew died in Somalia, said the case was particularly painful because he knew the man who did the recruiting.
Federal authorities charged a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man with conspiring to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan Wednesday. But authorities say no one was in any danger because the young man was using dummy explosives provided by the FBI.
A man has been arrested in an alleged terror plot to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York City. Federal authorities and the New York Police Department collaborated to foil the plot apparently conceived by a Bangladeshi man, Quazi Mohammd Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis. Nafis is said to have conceived the plot. However, authorities learned of the plot and actually provided what appeared to be the bomb. It was inert and there was no threat to the public.
Manssor Arbabsiar, an Iranian-born naturalized American citizen, has admitted conspiring with Iranian officials, the Justice Department says. Iranian officials have accused the U.S. of fabricating the plot.
It said Salim Ahmed Hamdan's conviction for providing material support for terrorism had to be overturned because his actions — driving the al-Qaida leader around — were not a war crime at the time. The ruling does not directly affect Hamdan, who was released in 2009, but may have a big impact on cases at Guantanamo Bay that have yet to be litigated.
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